MANILA — At least 39 kilograms of cocaine amounting to P218.4 million were fished out off Gubat town in Sorsogon Monday.
According to a report from the Philippine National Police (PNP), fishermen Melvin Gregorio, Loubert Ergina, and John Mark Nabong discovered the illegal substance inside 12 boxes off the coast of Barangay Bagcacay at about 12 noon.
The fishermen turned over the haul to police, which later confirmed in laboratory tests that the package was indeed cocaine.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency suspects that the Philippines was used as a transshipment point for the cocaine packages that could have been bound for China, Hong Kong, and Australia.
Police encourage civilians to report any suspicious bricks floating in seawater or landing ashore. People who would hand in drug bricks would be rewarded with a sack of rice per cocaine pack.